If you’ve ever had to move house, you may be able to admit that you’ve probably collected way too much stuff over the years. It’s no surprise that a big trend in interior design is minimalism – a lifestyle change that helps reduce the amount of clutter in your home, to give you a fresh and comfortable space to live in. The minimalist lifestyle has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but can be traced back to Buddhism and it was coined minimalism in the 1960s by a British art theorist.

If you want to incorporate a minimalist lifestyle into your home, here’s how:

What does minimalism mean?

Minimalism can be many different things and people can pick up on its teachings however it suits them. However, Joshua Becker, the writer of the Becoming Minimalist blog defines it as “the intentional promotion of the things we most value in life by removing anything that distracts us from it”. You can apply this to any part of your life from your relationships, your phone and particularly your living space.

When you picture a minimalist’s home, you may imagine a white room with bare walls and few pieces of furniture. However, because minimalism is an intentional way of living, it allows you to include anything in it that provides value to your life. Therefore, each possession should be there for a reason. But in order to achieve this, you’ll need to reduce, declutter and reorganise your belongings.

Sort one room at a time

When doing a big sort out of your home, you don’t need to do it all at once. Start with one room at a time – you could even do one room every month or every week until you’re happy with it. This will give you plenty of time to really consider each item and decide whether it adds anything to your life. If you’re moving house, this would be a great time to reduce the clutter in your home and you can pack up each room once you have sorted it. Hiring a skip is a great way to get rid of any unnecessary items.

Keep only the essentials

It can be difficult to determine which items are essential to you and your family, so ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need it?

  • Do I use it?

  • Do I want it?

  • Why do I have it?

Limit your decorations

Of course, decoration is nice, it adds a bit of personality and vibrance to an otherwise bland space. However, go through your decor and decide if it is really meaningful to you. A piece of artwork you love to look at is worth keeping, but a glass vase you picked up in the sale 10 years ago, that you actually hate, should probably go.

If you’re having a house sort out, consider hiring a skip from Black Country Skip Hire. We offer skip hire, roll on roll off and tip by the tonne services to help you with your waste management. For more information, get in touch.